Victim identified in fatal Chesapeake school bus crash

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Update: The driver of the SUV has now been identified as Raymond Balser, Jr. 67 of Elkton, Va. Police say they do not believe alcohol was a factor.

Previous: Chesapeake, Va. - A Chesapeake school bus from Western Branch Intermediate has been involved in a fatal accident with an SUV.

The accident happened on Peppercorn and Taylor Road at around 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday.

Police say a Honda SUV was going eastbound on Taylor Road. The school bus was making a left turn when the SUV driver ran into the driver's side of the school bus officials say.

Aerial view of fatal Chesapeake school bus accident

The driver of the SUV was killed on impact. Witnesses tell police that speed was a factor with the SUV. Students on the bus are now being evaluated by medical personnel on the scene.

Taylor Road is now shut down between Bangor Drive and Dunedin Drive.

A Chesapeake Schools spokeswoman says there were 25 students on the bus at the time. The school has 3rd, 4th and 5th graders.

Norfolk Sentara tells NewsChannel 3 that they received seven students. They say their injuries are mainly bumps and bruises. Five more patients arrived later from the bus crash at Sentara BelleHarbour free-standing emergency department in Suffolk. All students have now been released from Sentara facilities.

There are also five kids who were taken to Chesapeake Regional. Four of them were from Western Branch Intermediate and another student was from Grassfield where a second bus accident occurred. The injuries are described as scrapes and bruises. All students here have now been released.

Ten patients with minor injuries were taken to Maryview Medical Center. Two were taken to Bon Secours at Harbor View.


Team Coverage: Jessica reports live from Chesapeake General

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Team Coverage: Gabriella live from Maryview Medical Center

Another school bus accident reported in Chesapeake


  • mry

    A picture of the accident should not be shown until family members are notified. How horrible to show such a tragic picture!

  • Rob Granozio

    My first hand experience with Chesapeake school bus drivers is that they have total disregard for any vehicular traffic. I have been cut off twice by Chesapeake school bus drivers, and if I had not come to a complete stop, I would have hit the bus. Maybe the screening process for school bus drivers should be enhanced. Just a thought.

  • Jen

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of the children, the bus driver and the family of the driver of the SUV who lost their life. My heart goes out to all of you!

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